Absent a suicidal tempo duel, the Craig Lewis-trained Brickyard Experience settled right into a rhythmic stride out of the gate and coasted gate to wire in Saturday’s $100,000 Thor’s Echo Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., successful by 4 ¾ lengths. Ridden for the primary time by Juan Hernandez, Brickyard Experience acquired six furlongs in 1:09.34.
Winless in two begins since taking the Grade 2 San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs on March 6, Brickyard Experience was pressed via opening quarter miles of 21.40 and 21 flat in his final two begins—leading to a fourth-place end in a six-furlong categorised allowance Could 7 and a second-place end within the G3 Kona Gold Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on April 18.
With a gap quarter mile of twenty-two.62, Brickyard Experience was in full management of the Thor’s Echo, and though Colt Fiction appeared stuffed with run whereas two lengths again turning for house, Brickyard Experience was by no means challenged via the lane.
“Craig instructed me a clear break with him was the important thing at the moment,” mentioned Hernandez. “I by no means bothered him, he felt snug the entire manner. It felt like he ran quicker once I labored him the opposite day (a bullet 5 furlongs in 58 flat on June 4) than he ran at the moment. I checked out three or 4 replays of his races and it appeared like at the moment, he relaxed higher.”
Owned and bred in California by Alfred Pais, Brickyard Experience was off because the 8-5 favourite and returned $5.20, $3.60 and $2.60.
“I do not prefer to make excuses for my horses however, he was just about eradicated final time,” mentioned Lewis. “He hit the gate after which he ducked in actual unhealthy, he simply misplaced his greatest attribute, which is velocity. I simply felt like he educated effectively and we all know he is a superb horse when he is proper…Juan knew he had a number of horse beneath him.
“We’re in all probability going to level for the Bing Crosby (G1, six furlongs at Del Mar July 31), presumably. We may stretch him out in a Cal-bred stake. He is a beautiful shifting horse, massive horse with a beautiful stride, very athletic and has loads of velocity…We do not know if he can may do it (be efficient routing) however we all know this, he can be in entrance.”
A putting wanting 4-year-old chestnut colt by Clubhouse Experience out of the Southern Picture mare Brickyard Helen, Brickyard Experience notched his third stakes victory and he now has six wins from 9 Santa Anita begins. With an general mark of 16-8-1-2, the winner’s share of $60,000 elevated his earnings to $464,477.
Ridden for the primary time by Umberto Rispoli, the Invoice Spawr-conditioned Colt Fiction saved each inch of floor from his rail publish and though he accelerated when referred to as upon was no match for the winner, ending 1 ¼ lengths in entrance of Fashionably Quick.
The second alternative at 5-2, Colt Fiction paid $3.20 and $2.20.
Fashionably Quick, who was off at 7-2 with Tiago Periera, paid $2.60 to indicate whereas ending 2 ¾ lengths in entrance of Loud Mouth.
Fractions on the race had been 22.62, 45.16 and 56.99.
Sponsored by the CTBA, the Thor’s Echo is a part of the profitable Golden State Sequence for eligible California-bred or sired horses.
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